#670: We drop the ax on obesity, bad grammar and awful acronyms, with clever networking and a pound cake
With ax: Welcome Friday, dear readers, as another busy work week nears its peak and another lazy weekend prepares to chillax.
It’s March 4, and before we start polishing the car, paying our taxes, practicing the sax, or just chilling out, we still have a day to innovate… to the fullest.
Beat it: Today is both World Obesity Day, which takes one pound approach, and National Pound Cake Day, which takes another.
It’s also National Tartar Sauce Day, which always surfaces on the Friday after Ash Wednesday and encourages the consumption of nutrient-dense seafood – which can help fight obesity, although tartar sauce goes somewhat against this objective.
Well said: March 4 is also National Grammar Day, when we are encouraged to embrace the idiosyncrasies of the English language and polish our prose.
All downhill from there: Strong grammatical speech is dead and buried in the United States House of Representatives, a dysfunctional disgrace of partisanship and rude behavior that scheduled its first full meeting for March 4, 1789.
Of course, things got off to a bad start – House delegates arrived late and an official quorum was not reached until April 1.
Freedom and unity: Speaking of political maneuvering, happy birthday, Vermont! You became the 14th US state 231 years ago today.
Geographic anniversaries are also celebrated every March 4 in Idaho (created as a territory by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863) and Chicago (incorporated as a city in 1837).
Imagine this: Back in New York, the first American commercial photography studio opened on March 4, 1840.
On their toes: Meanwhile, in Moscow, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet “Swan Lake” – about a birdlike princess – premiered on this date in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theater.
super evil: And exactly 100 years later – on March 4, 1977 – the world’s first supercomputer was shipped to Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where it would be used to design sophisticated nuclear weapons.
The survey says: American chemist Margaret Foster (1895-1970) – the first woman accepted into the US Geological Survey and one of the main contributors to the Manhattan Project – would be 127 years old today.
Also born on March 4 was the Italian virtuoso violinist, Baroque composer, teacher and Roman Catholic priest (it’s true) Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741); the American marine engineer David Watson Taylor (1864-1940), who loved model making; Norwegian-American football player and coach Knute Rockne (1888-1931), a legend at the University of Notre Dame; Russian physicist Vladimir Veksler (1907-1966), who advanced the science of X-rays, high-energy accelerators and more; and English computer scientist Geoff Tootill (1922-2017), who helped deliver the “Manchester Baby”.
Good, it’s criminal: And bow down, James Ellroy! The American author – whose best-selling mystery and crime novels include ‘The Black Dalia’ and ‘LA Confidential’, among others – turns 74 today.
Give your best to the master of mysteries at [email protected], where your topical tips and calendar events always give us clues.
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BUT FIRST, THIS
Alzheimer’s tau: Two new papers from the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research link traumatic brain injury to a type of psychosis found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
The first paper (published February 1 by the open-access journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions) and the second (published February 26 by the open-access journal Translational Psychiatry) support the tau-brain-protein tangles connection related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy caused by head trauma – to psychosis in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The twin reports, authored by Associate Professor Jeremy Koppel of the Feinstein Institute for Molecular Medicine, suggest new avenues for clinical research to clarify the role of tau in psychosis, with new pharmaceutical interventions possibly in play.
That’s good news for the nearly 6 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, half of whom are likely to develop some form of psychosis – “a terrifying experience” and “among the most difficult for caregivers”, according to Koppel. . “By studying potential drugs in mice and observing brain scans of human participants, we hope to advance this research to the point where new treatment options are available.”
Take a shovel: Its acronyms may be convoluted, but Albany’s intentions are clear, at least in its efforts to attract fast-growing industries to New York State.
To that end, meet FAST-NY – the Focused Attraction of Shovel-ready Tracts New York grant program, designed to develop key growth industries across the state. Speaking at the New York State Economic Development Council conference this week, Governor Kathy Hochul called the Empire State Development Program – which offers up to $200 million to develop sites for manufacturers high-tech, warehousing operations, distribution/logistics companies and other business-on-demand industries – a step towards becoming “the most business- and worker-friendly state in the country”.
New York State Senator Anna Kaplan (D-Carle Place), who chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business, agreed that the FAST-NY program is essential to post economic recovery. -State COVID. “It’s vital that we invest big in the high-tech manufacturing sector,” Kaplan said in a statement. “Taking action now to attract these growing industries to New York will position our state for long-term economic success and strong job creation in the future.”
TOP OF THE SITE
In discovery: With its first-ever Western marketing campaign, tourism-focused Discover Long Island is trying to attract visitors from Arizona and California.
Network news: Connectivity is the lifeblood of a start-up business, according to entrepreneur Paul Schwartz, who shows how effective networking gave ThermoLift its big break.
Half full: Our brilliant podcast series goes hand-in-hand with Long Island’s socio-economic superstars – frontline experience, unique perspective, good humor and icy innovative genius, half an hour at a time.
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THE BEST OF THE WEST (AND SOMETIMES NORTH/SOUTH)
Innovate LI’s inbox is overflowing with inspiring innovations from all over North America. This week’s brightest foreigners:
From California: Pleasanton-based autonomy promoter Neural Propulsion Systems envisions a world without fatal car crashes.
From California: San Jose-based connectivity geek THIRDREALITY raises the curtain on smartphone-enabled smart shades.
From California: Los Angeles-based software spearhead ServiceTitan is flipping the switch on the cloud-based platform for construction trades.
+ Nina McCann was hired as Business Development Manager for Garden City-based Jaspan Schlesinger. She was previously director of marketing for National Arbitration and Mediation in Manhattan.
+ William Cairney was hired as senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Holbrook-based American Portfolios. He was previously Senior Compliance Manager/Chief Compliance Officer for TIAA-CREF in Manhattan.
+ Steve Carmichael was hired as an assistant principal at Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills. He previously served as a school counselor at Smithtown West High School.
+ Laura Brancato was hired as an associate in the new Mineola-based Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breitstone Elder Law Litigation Practice Group. She was previously a senior attorney at Littman Krooks in Manhattan.
+ Ron Fried was promoted to National Sales Director at Farmingdale-based Connoisseur Media Long Island. He previously held the position of Senior Account Manager.
+ Jeanine Marin and Scott Norris have been promoted to Associate in the practice of auditing and assurance at UHY LLP, Melville. Both were previously directors of the company.
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BELOW THE FOLD (Take Our Advice Edition)
A penny saved…: Nearly half of Americans earning more than $100,000 barely make it.
Watch what you say: How poor communication skills make you less likeable.
Pretend until you make it: Sure, but… is this a viable long-term career plan?
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